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on 22 January 2011
The first thing to attract me to Smoke Screen was the ingenious cover, with its casewrap layered with a semi-transparent "smoke screen", so 10 points before I even begin.
Bitt Shelley and Raley Gannon make for excellent lead characters, both flawed with complex personalities. The inevitable thaw and direction of their relationship was nevertheless believably executed and they are each, in their own way, brilliant.
The remaining cast is made up of a colourful, exciting array of individuals, each with their own past, secrets and motivations. Brown has put a lot of effort into making every single character an enigma, and the richness of the supporting cast adds to the story big time.
The plot moves quickly and the dialogue is sharp. There's no "saggy middle" at all, the story just keeps racing forward, albeit to a somewhat predictable conclusion. The identity of the villain/s can be seen a mile off, but the ride is so great it's doesn't really matter if you've already worked out the destination.
(On a side note, Sandra Brown's website is possibly the best author website I have ever visited and I'd recommend you pop along!)